PIJAC

2020-21 Legislative Overview - New Jersey

119 pet industry-related issues were proposed during the 2020-2021 legislative session, 44 of which were designated as priority by PIJAC.

Final Disposition of Priority ISSUES:

 

2020-21 SESSION ADJOURNED ON 1/10/2022

2022-23 SESSION CONVENED ON 1/11/22

 

BILL #

SUMMARY

FINAL DISPOSITION

AB 194/SB 787

"Rocky's Law" amends Title 4 (Agriculture & Domestic Animals) of NJ Revised Statutes requires every animal rescue organization facility, shelter, pound, and pet shop in the State to establish an animal’s health, behavioral, and medical history prior to offering the animal for adoption or sale.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 317/SB 3513

Amends Title 45 (Professions & Occupations), Section 1-18 (Investigative powers of board, director, or attorney general) of NJ Revised Statutes to require animal and veterinary facilities to register with the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and to be inspected by the board on an annual basis.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 443

Amends New Jersey Revised Statutes to prohibit persons violating animal cruelty law from owning, keeping, or harboring animals.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 527/S 472

Amends New Jersey Revised Statutes to provide for the establishment and implementation of an animal cruelty offender registry that would require the continuing registration of animal cruelty offenders and allow for the public disclosure of certain information pertaining to those offenders.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 592/SB 448

Amends Title 4 (Agriculture & Domestic Animals), Section 22-11.2 (NJSPCA continued to coordinate function of county societies) of New Jersey Revised Statutes to require the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) to be accountable to the Attorney General and provide that it would not be authorized to undertake an investigation or law enforcement activity or operation in any county without the prior approval of the county prosecutor for that county.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 663

Creates the Pet Groomers Licensing Act (Bijou's Law).

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 1355

Amends New Jersey Revised Statutes to prohibit persons violating animal cruelty law from owning, keeping, or harboring animals.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 1516

Amends Title 56 (Trade Names, Trademarks & Unfair Trade Practices) of NJ Revised Statutes by adding a new section requiring a person who is found to have negligently performed pet grooming services to register with the Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law & Public Safety.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 1581

An Act to establish a New Jersey "Invasive Species Task Force".

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 1698

Creates rights of action for pecuniary damages against person committing certain harm to domestic companion animal.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 1992/SB 347

An Act establishing the "New Jersey One Health Task Force" in the Department of Health, charged with developing a strategic plan to promote inter-disciplinary communication and collaboration between physicians, veterinarians, and other scientific professionals and State agencies, with the goal of promoting the health and well-being of the State’s residents, animals, and environment.

ENACTED

AB 2319/SB 1258

"Moose's Law" would prohibit persons convicted of criminal animal cruelty offenses from:  1) commencing, operating, applying for employment, being employed, or volunteering at, or participating in any capacity in, an “animal-related enterprise”; or 2) acquiring or owning any domestic companion animal for a definitive period of time, as specified by a court.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 2613/SB 722

Amends Title 2A (Administration of Civil & Criminal Justice) of NJ Revised Statutes to establish a civil action for damages (to include non-economic damages) that may be brought by any person who has a right of ownership in an animal that is injured or killed as a result of an unlawful and intentional, or a negligent act of another.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 2784/SB 342

Amends the NJ Administrative Procedure Act to authorize a Department of Environmental Protection rulemaking to prevent backsliding of certain State environmental regulations due to changes in federal law or regulation.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 2832/SB 1749

The "Dog Trainer Licensing Act" amends Title 45 (Professions & Occupations) of NJ Revised Statutes to provide for the regulation and licensing of dog trainers.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 2992

Amends NJ Statutes by: 1) adding a new section providing for animal importer registration, fees, standards of care, recordkeeping, health certificates and breeder disclosure; 2) extending the deadline for consumer remedies of Title 56, Section 8:95 (Noncompliance by pet shop considered deceptive practice); and 3) providing for registration, reporting and fees for animal rescue organizations.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 3307/SB 119

Amends Title 4 (Agriculture & Domestic Animals) to provide for the establishment and implementation of an animal abuser registry system that would require the continuing registration of animal abuse offenders and allow for the public disclosure of certain information pertaining to those offenders.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 3632/SB 1834

Amends Title 4 (Agriculture & Domestic Animals) and Title 54A (NJ Gross Income Tax Act) of NJ Revised Statutes to establish additional requirements for operation and oversight of animal shelters, pounds, and kennels operating as shelters or pounds.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 4280/SB 2531

Amends Title 46 (Professions & Occupations) of NJ Revised Statutes to require licensing of pet groomers.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 4308/SB 2530

Amends Title 4 (Agriculture & Domestic Animals), Sections 19-15.8 (Licensing of kennel, pet shop, shelter, pound) and 19-15.14 (Rules & Regulations for kennels, pet shops, shelters, pounds) of NJ Revised Statutes to require each pet shop in the State to install and operate surveillance cameras throughout the pet shop.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 4644/SB 874

Amends Title 4 (Agriculture & Domestic Animals) of NJ Revised Statutes by repealing the "NJ Pet Purchase Protection Act" and replacing it with provisions prohibiting the sale of dogs, cats or rabbits by pet shops.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 4880/SB 3168

Amends NJ Revised Statutes to include animal cruelty against a victim’s animal within the definition of domestic violence and other types of abuse and to establish immunity for reporting animal cruelty.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 5497/SB 3385

Directs the Department of Health to establish on its website an animal abuser registry and updates current law concerning the DOH list of persons ineligible to be animal control officers because of guilt or liability as animal cruelty offenders.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 5715

The “Rescue Animal Disclosure Act" amends Title 56 (Trade Names, Trade-Marks & Unfair Trade Practices) of NJ Revised Statutes by adding a new section to provide oversight and regulation of animal rescue organization facilities.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 6099/SB 4058

Amends Title 4 (Agriculture & Domestic Animals), Chapter 22 (Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), Article 2 (Prevention of Cruelty), Part B. (Misdemeanors & Fines) of New Jersey Revised Statutes to: 1) Make various changes to the section which prohibits certain practices of tethering and confining dogs; (2) Authorize certain law enforcement officials to take custody of animals in cases of suspected animal cruelty violations; and (3) Establish various provisions related to the cost of care of animals taken into custody.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 6154/S 4286

Amends Title 11A (Civil Service) of NJ Revised Statutes to reduce from 18 to 12 the required number of credit hours for the Animal Health Technician job title in the civil service and allows for an applicant with 5 years of experience in the field who does not meet all of the education requirements to substitute their experience for the totality of the education requirements.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

ACR 128

A Concurrent Resolution encouraging municipalities to require that pet shops only sell cats or dogs obtained from shelters, pounds, or animal rescue organizations, and counties to enforce requirement wherever adopted.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 2223

An Act to supplement the Pet Purchase Protection Act to prohibit certain pet dealers from selling dogs or cats obtained from certain breeders and brokers and to require those pet dealers to submit an annual report.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 636

Amends Title 4 (Agriculture & Domestic Animals) of NJ Revised Statutes by adding a new section establishing requirements for the operation of shelters, pounds, kennels operating as shelters or pounds, and veterinary holding facilities and for their regulation as regulated animal holding facilities.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

 

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